- Immunity from destruction
- Jewish Tradition
Immunity from destruction:
וַיֹּאמֶר ה’ אלו עֲבֹר בְּתֹוךְ הָעִיר בְּתֹוךְ יְרֽוּשָׁלִָם וְהִתְוִיתָ תָּו עַל־מִצְחֹות הָאֲנָשִׁים הַנֶּֽאֱנָחִים וְהַנֶּאֱנָקִים עַל כָּל־הַתֹּועֵבֹות הַֽנַּעֲשֹׂות בְּתֹוכָֽהּ׃ וּלְאֵלֶּה אָמַר בְּאָזְנַי עִבְרוּ בָעִיר אַחֲרָיו וְהַכּוּ על־תָּחֹס עיניכם וְאַל־תַּחְמֹֽלוּ׃ זָקֵן בָּחוּר וּבְתוּלָה וְטַף וְנָשִׁים תַּהַרְגוּ לְמַשְׁחִית וְעַל־כָּל־אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר־עָלָיו הַתָּו אַל־תִּגַּשׁוּ וּמִמִּקְדָּשִׁי תָּחֵלּוּ וַיָּחֵלּוּ בָּאֲנָשִׁים הַזְּקֵנִים אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי הַבָּֽיִת׃
Adonai (the LORD) said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, even through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark (תָּו-the blood-Tav) on the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over all the abominations which are being committed in its midst.” But to the others He said in my hearing, “Go through the city after him and strike; do not let your eye have pity and do not spare. Utterly slay old men, young men, maidens, little children, and women, but do not touch any man (person) on whom is the mark (the tav); and you shall start from My sanctuary.” So they started with the elders who were before the temple. The Hebrew Mark of the Tav (pictograph) employed during the time of the prophet Ezekeiel looked like a crude cross (cf. ancient Paleo-Hebrew script). The Passover-blood secures immunity from destruction. This is clearly illustrated in the prophecies of Ezekiel where “the man clothed with linen” is directed to “set a mark upon the foreheads” of those who had been faithful in their walk with Adonai (like the first Passover-mark), so that those who were to “slay old and young” might not come near any of those who had received the Holy One’s mark of immunity from judgment. (Ezekiel 9:4-6). The same mark of preservation and protection occurs in the book of Hitgallut in the Brit Chadashah (in the Revelation, lit. “Unveiling”), where the followers of Messiah are “sealed as the servants of Eloheinu in their foreheads.” The unveiling of the heavenly Father’s eternal revelation of Israel’s Messiah, therefore, also applies to those persons living in the future time of Jacob’s Trouble, who have been sealed by the Almighty One for salvation and for a special outreach ministry that they are destined to accomplish on behalf of the King of kings and Lord of lords.
Jewish tradition rightly claims that the most important events in Israel’s history were connected with the season of Pesach, the season of Messiah’s sacrifice. It is believed that on the night of Pesach that the “horror of great darkness” covered Abraham when Adonai Elohim revealed to him the challenging future his descendants would face while living in Egypt (Genesis 15). Similarly, at Passover time:
Event #1. Father Abraham entertained his heavenly guests.
Event #2. Sodom was destroyed and Lot escaped.
Event #3. The walls of Jericho fell before Adonai.
Event #4. The second day of Chag HaMatzot a cake of barley bread was seen in a dream that led to the destruction of Midian’s host.
Event #5. The captains of Sennacherib who tarried at Nob were overtaken by the hand of Adonai at the eve of Passover.
Event #6. The mysterious handwriting (in the accounts of Daniel) appeared on the wall to declare Babylon’s doom.
Event #7. Esther fasted and wicked Haman was hanged on the very same gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai.